Relax: mountain air, great views, fine food
All these can be found at our lovely holiday
home nestling in the foothills of the Apennine
mountains within one of the Lunigiana's
most beautiful and well preserved villages.
Facing south east, the terrace enjoys sunshine
in the morning and relaxing shade in the
afternoon. The gentle, friendly countryside
offers an oasis of peace and tranquility in an
unspoilt area which still has a unique (and
largely sustainable) lifestyle. Watch the local
shepherd guide his sheep and goats back from
their pastures, and buy the cheese at the local
Dine on the terrace and watch the sunset or eat
out at one of the area's many (very reasonably
priced) restaurants providing local specialities
in food & wine.
The house ...
The property is centuries old, but in recent
times it has been sympathetically restored by a
local Italian family. All modern conveniences
are provided including mains gas fired central
heating and (British) satellite TV/DVD. On the
ground floor there is a dining kitchen with
fridge-freezer, dishwasher, gas hob and electric
oven, a sitting room with a log burning fire and
a lovely terrace offering fantastic views. There
are also two double bedrooms and a bathroom.
On the first floor there is a very large twin
room, a further sitting room, and a second
bathroom with walk-in shower. Below the house
there are two "cantinas": a laundry complete
with washing machine and iron/ironing board, and
a separate wine cellar which now contains our
stock of firewood together with various items of
outdoor equipment (bicycles, helmets, barbecue
Activities for the energetic ....
Walking, scrambling (inc via ferrata), ski-ing,
snow shoeing, horse riding and cycling are some
of the many outdoor activities to enjoy if fresh
air and exercise are what you're after.Click here for details.
... and for those not quite so energetic ...
Pottering around Lusignana and its neighbouring
villages is a delight, especially when the sun
is shining. The church annexe contains a museum
of contadini (peasant) life, and a
modest walk away lies the historic site of Monte
Click here for a
copy of the tourist authority's brochure (in
Where is Lusignana?
Lusignana is a 75min drive north of Pisa, near
the mediaeval town of Pontremoli. The seaside
villages of the Cinque Terre (a UNESCO World
Heritage Site since 1997) and the beautiful
resorts of Lerici and Portovenere are about
50mins drive away.
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The Apennine mountains (as described by Eric
Newby in his book 'Love & War in the
Apennines') and the Apuan Alps, source of
Carrara marble, run through the Lunigiana. See
the lovely mediaeval village of Filetto with its
antiques market and Bagnone with its plunging
gorge. If you hanker for the sophistication of
the city, try Parma, Lucca or La Spezia.
Florence is just 2hrs drive away - even better,
go by train!
Rental charges are £350/week for two
people sharing and £460 for four. Due to
the high cost of fuel in Italy, we cannot offer
a reduction for winter stays.
To view our availability for the next 12
months please click here.
For our booking form please click here.
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First Floor Lounge